HKN: The Next Big Thing Panel

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The videos in this HKN Workshop Series are made possible through support from IEEE-USA and ECEDHA, the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department Heads Association.

Being an technical professional, whether in academia or industry, requires developing soft skills to communicate with and work with others, as well as keeping your technical skills up to date.  IEEE offers many tools that can help a busy technology professional keep on top of technology as well as deal successfully with the many types of people that you will meet in the course of your daily work.  This talk will describe these tools and show how you can fit them into a busy schedule, particularly local IEEE chapter and section meetings, courses, ebooks, audible recordings and other materials available from IEEE-USA and other parts of the IEEE.  Let IEEE be your technical home and help you be a successful professional. 

 

 Moderator:
   

 Tom Coughlin
 IEEE-USA President Elect
 IEEE Fellow         
 President, Coughlin Associates                                                                                   

 

Tom Coughlin, President, Coughlin Associates is a widely respected digital storage analyst as well as business and technology consultant.  He has over 35 years in the data storage industry with engineering and management positions at high profile companies. 

Dr. Coughlin has many publications and six patents to his credit.  Tom is also the author of Digital Storage in Consumer Electronics:  The Essential Guide, which is now in its second edition with Springer. Coughlin Associates provides market and technology analysis as well as Data Storage Technical and Business Consulting services.  Tom publishes the Digital Storage Technology Newsletter, the Media and Entertainment Storage Report, the Emerging Non-Volatile Memory Reportand other industry reports.  Tom is also a regular contributor on digital storage for Forbes.com and other blogs.

Tom is active with SMPTE (Journal article writer and Conference Program Committee), SNIA (including a founder of the SNIA SSSI), the IEEE, (he is past Chair of the IEEE Public Visibility Committee, Past Director for IEEE Region 6, President Elect for IEEE USA and active in the Consumer Electronics Society) and other professional organizations.  Tom is the founder and organizer of the Annual Storage Visions Conference (www.storagevisions.com as well as the Creative Storage Conference (www.creativestorage.org). He was the general chairman of the annual Flash Memory Summit for 10 years.  He is a Fellow of the IEEE and a member of the Consultants Network of Silicon Valley (CNSV).  For more information on Tom Coughlin and his publications and activities go to www.tomcoughlin.com.

   
 Panelists:  
   Orin Laney 
     
 

Orin Laney became interested in electronics when he built his first crystal radio at age twelve. He is originally from the Washington DC area and received his BSEE from the University of Maryland, followed by pauses in his career to earn an MBA from Brigham Young University and an MSEE from San Jose State. He has certification as an electromagnetic compatibility engineer, is a licensed professional engineer, and is an active IEEE senior life member, an entrepreneur, and business owner.

Mr. Laney enjoys video and high speed analog design, writing, and public speaking. Today, he is busier than ever, designing, researching, and making deals.

   
   
   Dennis Leitterman 
 
 

Dennis Leitterman's career with the Hewlett-Packard Company focused on the computer sector, and spanned ~30 years in the Silicon Valley.  He worked in engineering management, project management, software licensing, product marketing, and business development.  His experience ranges from architecting key network solutions to managing strategic relationships.  He pioneered network consulting for technical systems, and his team managed the computer networking portion of the top 20 strategic business deals for the corporation.  Entrepreneurial and global perspectives were developed through start-up businesses within HP.  For seven years, he managed revenue/profitability for accounts averaging $500M annually in PC business.  During a college cooperative engineering training program, he performed electrical engineering design and drafting for construction projects with government and private practice.

 

Mr. Leitterman earned BSEE and MSEE degrees from the Missouri University of Science and Technology (formerly Univ of MO-Rolla), and is a licensed professional engineer in California.  He has received numerous honors including the IEEE Third Millennium Medal, IEEE Centennial Medal, HP Achievers Club (twice), and CSPE Young Engineer of the Year.  Later this year, he is receiving the Frank H. Mackaman Alumni Volunteer Service Award in a ceremony at Missouri S&T.

 

Dennis is currently serving as Chair of the IEEE-HKN Alumni Committee, Chair of the IEEE San Francisco Bay Area HKN Alumni Chapter, President of the Miner Alumni Association Bay Area Section, Treasurer of the HP Retired Employees Club, and President of the Chancel Choir in his church.  He is a Senior Member of IEEE.  Past volunteer offices include National Director–Eta Kappa Nu, Finance Director–IEEE San Francisco Bay Area Council, Chairman–IEEE Santa Clara Valley (SCV) Section, Chairman–IEEE Computer Society SCV Chapter, Chairman of the Board–WESCON Electronics Conference and Exhibition, Vice President–National Society of Professional Engineers, Chairman–NSPE/Professional Engineers in Industry, President–California Society of Professional Engineers SCV Chapter, President–Academy of Electrical and Computer Engineering (Missouri S&T), and Director–Miner Alumni Association (MSM/UMR/S&T).

 

 
    Leo Szeto   
 
                                                                               

Leo Szeto is an Alumni of UCLA in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, and has served in a wide variety of teams and companies of different sizes, from research groups, start-ups, established companies, and multi-national corporations. He has been spending the last few years designing and building Shanghai Disney Resort as an Imagineer, specializing in Ride Engineering. 
 
A strong believer in the creative potential of everyone, Leo has given numerous talks in the US and China on the “Technical Creative”; People who can dream, design, and execute, with vision and passion. Being a avid creator, Leo finds joy in the act of creation, especially around games and interactive systems. To that end, he recently pursued his life-long dream of publishing a video game through his studio, Codeate. 

The videos in this HKN Workshop Series are made possible through support from IEEE-USA and ECEDHA, the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department Heads Association.

Being an technical professional, whether in academia or industry, requires developing soft skills to communicate with and work with others, as well as keeping your technical skills up to date.  IEEE offers many tools that can help a busy...

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